How well do we know the work of Robert Burns?
With the impending Burns celebrations taking place across Scotland, the five thirty show’s Rachel McTavish quizzed STV staff to see how well they know the bard’s work.
With the impending Burns celebrations taking place across Scotland, the five thirty show’s Rachel McTavish quizzes stv staff to see how well they know the bard’s work.
Armed with three lines from Burns’ best known poems, Rachel sees how many people can fill in the blanks.
Arguably the most famous is the line “a man’s a man for a’ that” from Burns’ ode to humanity.
As expected, all knew the missing word, although sports presenter Raman Bhardwaj created his own take on the poem.
The more difficult line, which few knew the correct answer to, was taken from Burns’ To a Mouse: “The best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft agley.”
Also from To a Mouse was the more famous opening line “Wee sleekit, cow’rin tim’rous beastie,” which the poet wrote with guilt after destroying a mouse’s nest while ploughing a field.
To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s greatest poet, Homecoming Scotland 2009 will celebrate all things Scottish and pay special attention to the bard.
The campaign will launch on January 25, Burns Night, as Scotland seeks to break the world record for the number of Burns Suppers taking place.